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Air Sketch

February 17th, 2011

Air Sketch turns the iPad into a wireless whiteboard so that you can mark up PDFs (such as Keynote or PowerPoint presentations saved as PDFs) while projecting onto the screen in a multimedia room. This can also be used as a whiteboard from within Wimba Live Classroom, which is very handy for those of you trying to conduct online office hours and needing to sketch something out or work out an equation. See an explanation of how this works in upcoming blog post.


–Rebecca Johnson

  1. Greg Vonnahme
    February 18th, 2011 at 19:03 | #1

    I’ve used this app a few times in my classes (through Firefox).

    Pros: When it works, it’s great

    Cons: Sometimes it doesn’t work. I’ve tried it on 10 occasions, 2 it didn’t work at all, and 4 it stopped working halfway through the class. I’m sticking with it, but I keep a backup (either a flash drive, or PDF Presenter which uses VGA but doesn’t allow sketch).

  2. Steven Ramey
    March 7th, 2011 at 15:25 | #2

    I have had the same problem. Attempted to use it three times, and it worked beautifully the first time, except the desktop in the room cut off the bottom of the slides. The next time it stopped partway through, and the third the desktop would never connect to the iPad, even after I triple checked the address.
    Any suggestions?

  3. rljohnson
    March 7th, 2011 at 15:33 | #3

    Greg and Steven, thanks for the comments. Let me check around and see what I can find about the bugginess of AirSketch. Perhaps an update is in the works . . . I’ll post what I can dig up.

  4. rljohnson
    March 7th, 2011 at 22:09 | #4

    Huh, an update IS in the works. In fact, it’s just been pushed out. The update says that it includes “a fix for PDF display sizes generated by certain 3rd party converters [not sure if that’s related to your problem, Steven], as well as several performance improvements.” And if one of those performance improvements is eliminating crashes, then we should be in good shape. We’ll test it here, but let us know if you think it helps.

  5. Greg Vonnahme
    March 8th, 2011 at 16:15 | #5

    @Steven Ramey
    I had the same problem with the bottom of slides getting cut-off. If I project it to full screen (F11 in Firefox or Internet Explorer) then the very bottom still gets cut off, but not any text.

  6. Steven Ramey
    March 23rd, 2011 at 05:25 | #6

    Thanks for the suggestion. I will try that this week. @Greg Vonnahme

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